Dr. Susan M. Dennis is dedicated to creating healthy smiles that complement the form and oral function of each patient. Her technical mastery and training in the field have earned her the distinction of being an Invisalign® Preferred Provider at her Portage, MI, office. She is also able to provide traditional braces, and uses orthodontia to treat headaches and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. With Dr. Dennis' attention to detail, your smile can be transformed, improving your oral health and increasing your confidence.
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an innovative cosmetic treatment that uses a series of custom-made clear aligners to correct orthodontic issues. Like metal braces, these trays will exert a gentle force on your teeth, straightening your smile and correcting a range of orthodontic issues. This treatment can be a good option if you struggle with a range of concerns, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Overlapped teeth
- Minor tooth rotation
- Bite issues
For Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Dennis will take digital images of your teeth to design your series of aligners. You will wear each aligner for at least 22 hours a day, and will begin wearing a new tray approximately every two weeks. Each aligner is shaped slightly differently to gradually straighten your smile. Treatment time will vary, based on your needs and response to orthodontic care. On average, however, Invisalign® takes 12 to 18 months.
Benefits of Invisalign®
In addition to being highly effective, Invisalign® offers several unique advantages. The most obvious benefit is the nearly invisible appearance of the trays, which make it virtually impossible for anyone to tell you are undergoing treatment. The aligners are also comfortable and will not irritate the soft tissues. You can remove the trays to eat, so you will not typically need to make any dietary changes. In addition, Invisalign® can protect your oral health because the removable trays allow you to brush and floss your teeth more easily.
With her years of experience as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dennis offers more detail-oriented care than many Invisalign® providers.
Traditional Approaches for All Ages
Dr. Dennis will carefully evaluate your needs, and may provide traditional braces if they are in your best interests. She may also apply brackets in specific areas to treat issues that Invisalign® is unable to correct. Dr. Dennis also treats patients of all ages. She often provides interceptive orthodontics, using expanders to improve oral health in growing children. Early treatment can reduce the severity of misalignment and the length of orthodontic treatment in their future.
Why Choose Dr. Dennis for Your Orthodontia?
Receiving orthodontic treatment can help transform your appearance and your confidence in your smile. With her years of experience as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dennis offers more detail-oriented care than many Invisalign® and orthodontic providers. She will consider your overall look, including lip support, vertical dimension, and the width of your smile. She will also carefully evaluate photos to make sure that your enhanced smile complements your overall facial structure, filling out your features, and preventing wrinkles and premature signs of aging.
While cosmetic results are important, your oral health and function is still Dr. Dennis’ top concern. Properly aligned teeth and jaws help prevent decay and the development of other oral health concerns. Dr. Dennis is an expert in treating TMJ disorders with orthodontia and has successfully helped alleviate pain and symptoms for hundreds of patients. By correcting your bite and jaw alignment, she can reduce the pressure on your jaw joints. This approach can ease facial pain, chronic headaches, and other forms of serious discomfort.
Begin Transforming Your Smile
We invite you to learn more about how Dr. Dennis can help improve the health and aesthetics of your smile with her years of experience and dedication to detail. Contact us today to schedule your orthodontic evaluation.